Yay! Goin’ On A Cruise!

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv

It’s about time, hey? We’ve been a little busy, if you haven’t noticed by the silence around here ;) We are long overdue for a vacation, I’ve barely taken more than 2 days in a row off (including holidays) since we went to Spain in September, 2007! Seems like a lifetime ago.

So, we did it. We booked a holiday. We’re headed off to the Caribbean for a cruise this March!

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We’ll be sailing with Royal Caribbean for an 8-night trip with 4 ports of call. We chose a cruise that had a private island stop (Labadee) so we could have one full day of being lazy on a clean, quiet(ish) beach. The other ports also seem pretty interesting. I wasn’t really into choosing a cruise that stopped in Cozumel, but otherwise it was really difficult to choose the cruise. We ended up with this one because of the timing and the length more than any specific port. Anything would be great – the point of this vacation, unlike our last 2 trips to Europe, was just to RELAX.

It’s a bit of a pain to get to Florida (no direct flights) from Vancouver, so we decided to at least make it cheaper (half the price) by flying out of Seattle. Bit of a pain, but really worth it on the cost savings. We have a day before and after the cruise in Ft. Lauderdale in order to line up with the flights, but that’s just a lovely extra bit of time away.

This is my first cruise experience (Ianiv has been on two) and I’ve been dreaming about it for YEARS. I love the water and I have always wanted to do something like this. I’m just a little bit excited. :)

Register for Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

Chip's not dead yetLast night various social media folk were invited out to meet Chip Wilson, the man behind lululemon as well as the charity race Chip’s Not Dead Yet.

June 20, 2009 will mark the second year for this crazy charity race. The race day is a one-mile uphill race that draws out some of the world’s best runners (for the generous winning prize) as well as superheroes and bridesmaids. That’s right – it’s a theme race! There are several “theme waves” to the race – from the Pooch Parade to the Superhero Half Mile or the “fun” High Heel Dash.

The race was set up to benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Chip explained how creating a race like this had the potential to raise a great deal more awareness and funds for the hospital than simply him donating each year (though Chip will match entry fee contributions up to $150,000). The goal of the race is to raise $1 million annually in perpetuity. And Chip is taking social media into heart as part of the strategy to get there. Memelabs is working with them on their social media strategy, including a contest for best “theme wave” idea.

Last night we had the chance to bounce some ideas off of Chip and his team about how social media could help build buzz for the event – it was a great discussion to be a part of. There’s so much we can do to leverage our “influence” online towards positive things like this race. It was a fun opportunity to offer ideas about how new technologies can enhance the entire experience before, during and after the race. I look forward to seeing what comes of it.

If you’re interested in being a part of the race, you can register for $30 (cheap!) and can kick-start your own fundraising efforts now. Whether you take part in the race seriously, sign up for the family wave, or just go to the fun zone for the street party, it’s a great local event to keep in mind for the summer.

The event will take place on June 20th on West 10th in Point Grey. Stay tuned to the CNDY Twitter for more updates.

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The Curious Case of Forrest Gump

Posted in Movies

I am a huge fan of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt’s latest movie. The film tells the story of a man who is born old and grows younger with time. It’s a love story, a story of life, and a story of finding yourself. However, a couple of people commented that the story was too much like Forrest Gump. Which I totally didn’t see.

However, the commonalities jumped out at enough people that a video was made about it! Here is, The Curious Case of Forrest Gump:

And yes, the movie is exactly the same, when put that way. ;)



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